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Lab design has, to some degree, followed some of the same trends as office design. After all, issues such as ergonomics, sustainability, efficiency, and comfort are as important to scientists as they are to office assistants or executives. But for those studying things like mumps outbreaks, cancer, rotator-cuff injuries, or depression, how the lab is built can also affect research.

Collaboration and efficiency — and the design that encourages them — are raising hopes for better scientific results.

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